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Vetiver oil

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Definition

Vetiver oil is derived from the root of a large grass species from India. It is a popular essential oil and can be used to improve your mood and health.

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How to Do It

Vetiver oil is most commonly used in aromatherapy. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your aromatherapy device.

To apply topically:

  1. Thoroughly mix 1-2 drops of vetiver oil with 10 drops of carrier oil
  2. Apply to your skin
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Benefits

  • Provides antioxidant effects
  • May improve skin health
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Antibacterial
  • May improve sleep quality
  • May improve mood
  • May decrease anxiety
  • May improve brain function
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Time Commitment

5 minutes

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Why it works

  • Vetiver oil is biologically active in collagen III and cholesterol metabolism pathways
  • Vetiver oil contains antioxidants which prevent damage to DNA
  • Reduces inflammation by inhibiting certain inflammatory enzymes such as nitric oxide synthase
  • Potentially acts as a relaxer
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Suggested Frequency

Daily

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Side Effects

  • Allergic Reactions
  • Skin irritation
  • Miscarriage
  • Damage to white blood cells
  • Cytotoxic and genotoxic at high concentrations
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Required Equipment

Vetiver oil, carrier oil, aromatherapy device

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Victoria Beckham

Gwyneth Paltrow

Kourtney Kardashian

Kerry Washington

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Category Health/Productivity/Focus:

  • Health
  • Mood
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Suggested Time of Day

Night time for help with sleep. Any other time of day if you have no trouble sleeping.

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Notes

  • Essential oil treatments should be complementary to traditional medicine
  • Blending essential oils such as lavender may have improved effects
  • Ensure you are getting vetiver oil from a reputable source
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Category

 Mood  Stress  Health  Sleep
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